(note this was written nearly 10 years ago, so the adresses may be the same, but the prices will probably have gone up)
When people asked me what I was looking for, replying that I was looking simply for peace (trang-keel-ee-dahd) got the best response.
A tourist I met told me that shed brought sweets, little toys, balloons for the children here and aspirins for the adults. In addition I was asked if I had any clothing to spare.
Should you need to extend your visa you will have to purchase stamps to the value of the necessary fee at any bank prior to making your way to the Immigration Office which in Havana closes at 3pm.
reserve a train ticket in Santiago de Cuba head up Aguilera from Plaza
Dolores. On the 2nd block on the left hand side youll see a sign
with a train on it the last word beneath which is reservaciones,
friend booked Hotel Lido but when he went to get this tourist
made friends with a guy named Felix who works for the tourist
made friends with Jorge who I consequently met. He acts as a
I met Hector who could also find accommodation in Central - 795143
a friend booked a flight with Adria Alexander at Hotel Lido
Cienfuegos is a relatively affluent feeling town on the south coast of cuba, roughly 100 km, and a $10 drive away from havana...
After the frenzy of Havana, Cienfuegos is a good place to regather and take advantage of the relative tranquility...
A fairly compact town with not really that much to do, dollar shops are springing up more and more selling salsa cds, tshirts, ornaments and general miscellany; my huge cuban flag, a symbol of pride and patriotism cost me $12, yes dollars, from one of the strange feeling department lack of department stores...
You could go into one of these needing some socks, and find no socks but hundreds of egg whisks; absolutly no logic defines supply and demand in Cuba away from the black market, a market a naive traveller would be well advised not to dabble in unless they had dollars to smoke...As described elsewhere, luck plays such a huge part in what casa, and ultimately, experience you have in a certain town... our luck was in, and Geronimo was a complete star on the cuban flag; a fantastic host, cook, and tourist adviser, only to willing to assist...
His house was a bargain, and felt safe, a priceless commodity after shifty policemen and jinteros in havana...
definitely recommended :
Jeronimo Garcia Escoriza
Calle 35 no 5806
e/ 58 y 60
phone : (0432) 6549
Trinidad is south east of Havana on the the south coast. It's a really nice spanish colonial style town with well nice mountains inland and a really good beach (Playa Ancon). I think you could definitely spend a few days here as it is really chilled and the coutryside is well nice - a good contrast to Havana.
We stayed with a bloke called Pedro Jimenez: Calle Camilo Cienfegos No 213 Between Francisco Cadahia and Jose Marti Tel 0419 3520 It was a good house with a courtyard and high ceilings - we payed 15 dollars for a double room but its more for one with air conditioning.
I tried two other places in Trinidad, one of them was plain scarry, think it was on Jose Marti, but basically, avoid any house with teenage Dali angst nasty artwork and tasteless religious imagery... The bloke was a bit like willy roper from eastenders, the food was shit, and you have to eat near a huge doll crucifix...
The other place was with Fransicso Javier Zerquera No 360 c/o Ernesto Valdez Muņoz y Manuel Solano CP 62600 Tel 2220 And this place wasn't too bad, stayed a couple of days here, and the food was generally pretty generous, and the hosts were nice enough, but the bill here had a few add ons which we weren't expecting...
A double room was $10 a night, and added to this was $10 for dinner, and another $5 for breakfast ( for 2 ), and $5 a day bike hire ( each ). Someone in Havana gave me the address of their friend in Trinidad; didn't stay there, but for completeness: Jose Marti 358 e STG Escobar y Simon Bolivar ( Pro : Jesus ), Trinidad.
But there are generally plenty of casas available, throw the dice and see where you end up..
not stunningly recommended, but you can try.
Fransicso Javier Zerquera
No 360 c/o Ernesto Valdez Muņoz y Manuel Solano
CP 62600 Tel 2220
probably stayed in one of the better colonial homes here, call
sound brother who doesnt speak any English Norge Arostica
Ruiz y Olga Jordan
Absolutely lovely man (& his son) run this place. They have a lovely double room, and another one that can take up to four people - both with their own private bathroom & air con. Make you feel really welcome. He also can give you details of relatives casa (Balbina Cadahia) in Trinidad (which is already in the Lonely Planet guide).
$15 per night, including breakfast.
would prefer to not have single men (unless they have good enough
Guillermo Marti Vazquez
sound brother who hardly speaks English ask for Pantri man amongst
Vinales (pronounced been-yalehs)
per night, breakfast & amazing dinners are extra, but extremely
friendly couple, lovely large room, with two double beds & private